Mayor sees no flaw in event floor

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 09:51 06/07/2012

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Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker says she doesn't accept there are problems with the court surface at Claudelands Events Centre.

Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic coach Noeline Taurua this week said the court was "by far the worst" her team has come across.

The New Zealand Breakers basketball team also had issues with the court last year.

However, Ms Hardaker said she had no reason to believe there was anything wrong with the surface.

In response to concerns raised by the Magic, Ms Hardaker said the council arranged for an "independent expert" to assess the court surface on Wednesday.

"He's inspected the floor and he thinks that the floor's performing well."

However, Claudelands director of business development and marketing Murray Jeffrey said it was the surface supplier, not an independent expert, who inspected the floor.

"They have offered some fine-tuning advice, which we'll obviously implement. We have been talking about bringing in an independent specialist and we're still planning to do that."

Ms Hardaker said Claudelands' surface was used during the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, and was supplied by the same company that laid the surface for the TECT Arena in Mt Maunganui.

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- Waikato Times

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